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Smoked Salmon Recalled in Canada Over Listeria Concerns

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a recall of Wild Sockeye Smoked Salmon and Sensations Wild Pacific Smoked Salmon citing concerns over possible listeria contamination. (Canadian Food Inspection Agency)

By    |   Tuesday, 20 Sep 2016 02:31 PM

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has issued a recall of Wild Sockeye Smoked Salmon and Sensations Wild Pacific Smoked Salmon citing concerns over possible listeria contamination.

Officials announced Saturday that the products could possibly be contaminated with listeria, although no one has yet reported any illness in connection with the products, according to The Canadian Press.

The fish was mainly sold in Ontario but could have been distributed to other provinces as well. The Toronto company that smokes the salmon, Central Epicure, triggered the recall and is conducting an investigation at their facilities, which could lead to other recalls.

The packaging on unbranded Wild Sockeye Smoked Salmon has the code 2017SE07, and the Sensations Wild Pacific Smoked Salmon has codes 2017MA30 and 2017N03.

Food contaminated with listeria does not necessarily look or smell spoiled, but consumers can become sick nonetheless. Symptoms of listeria poisoning include nausea, fever, vomiting, severe headache, muscle aches and stiff neck. Listeria is especially dangerous for the elderly, pregnant women, and infants as well as adults with weakened immune systems.

According to the Canadian government website, an estimated 35 people each year die in Canada from listeria poisoning, which represents about a third of known food poisoning deaths. Listeria bacteria can be found in meat, seafood, fruits vegetables and dairy products. Food can be contaminated through improper food handling techniques such as inadequate hand washing techniques.

There have been several other listeria outbreaks and recalls of smoked salmon including a nationwide recall of more than 30 products under a variety of brand names in the U.S. in early 2015, according to Food Safety News. Other high profile listeria outbreaks have been related to lettuce sold in prepackaged bags.

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